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What’s a “gingiva” and how does it get “itis”?

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

October 19th, 2015  |  35 Comments

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I love those “itis” diseases.  You know, the suffixes where “itis” is placed after the noun that determines the location of the disease.  Since it means “ inflammation of”, it’s easy to determine the ailment:

Tendonitis = inflammation of the tendons 

Tonsillitis=inflammation of the tonsils

Hence, Gingivitis=inflammation of the gingiva

By breaking down the word into its components, it not only gives us information, but also comfort in knowing that the disease is often not as serious as it sounds. It’s simply an inflammation.

It's true that in most cases, Gingivitis is generally not a disease of severity and homeopathy has repeated success in treating it without antibiotics. 

 Let’s discover what natural medicines are available for this condition, shall we?

The key homeopathic remedy for Gingivitis is Merc Sol 30c .  This is of particular value when the tongue is heavily coated.  It can be taken twice daily.

Until I began working with Drs. Banerji in Calcutta over the last few years, I suggested using this medicine as my go-to for this condition, but they often use Hepar Sulph 30c twice daily.

There are differentiations that could be made as an argument for the choice of one over the other, but to make this super simple, try one for many weeks and if there’s no improvement, (and I mean no improvement at all) then switch to the other one.

For exactly how long should one or the other of these medicines be used?

Given that this is a blog directed to thousands and not an individual case, the best answer I can offer is to use the homeopathic for 6-8 weeks.

Once the 6-8 weeks is up, it’s time to assess.  This means that if improvement has begun, but is not fully complete, continue for another 6-8 week period and assess again.


If improvement is fully realized, STOP! 

This is the part that causes more problems in using homeopathy for those new to it.  I will kindly remind you that homeopathy has no relation to vitamins or supplements, where you’re expected to consume the stuff for years. 

Homeopathy has the ability to address even the most severe cases of mouth disease.  It is safe, gentle, effective and carries no side effects.

The next time your yapper speaks of illness, use homeopathy; the world accepted medicine highly deserving of some good word of mouth! 





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35 thoughts on “What’s a “gingiva” and how does it get “itis”?”

  1. Pilar says:

    Joette, will these treatments work for receding gums too? Thank you.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If the gums are receding as a result of any inflammation, or if they bleed easily, the answer is yes. But without those symptoms, in which they’re simply not adhering, I haven’t any experience with that and can’t offer an opinion. Having said this, many times, gums recede and become proud, etc during pregnancy and shortly after. In that case, I find that a homeopathic for hormone shifts, such as Sepia will do good work.

      1. Patti says:

        Thank you for this information! So helpful!

        I have a quick question for clarification…If a postpartum mom (9 months postpartum) suddenly has these gum issues (“gums recede” or “become proud”), and is to take Sepia, would it be 30c (at this potency) twice daily for the said 6 to 8 weeks before assessing, just as the other remedies above would be taken? Thank you again!

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          Why not just use the protocols I provide?

          1. Patti says:

            The reason I asked about using Sepia was because of your comment that said “many times, gums recede and become proud, etc during pregnancy and shortly after. In that case, I find that a homeopathic for hormone shifts, such as Sepia will do good work.” So I was just wondering how to use it. 🙂

            But if one should try the protocols you originally mentioned first, I’ll make note of that.

            Thank you so much!

          2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

            I didn’t offer a Sepia protocol because there’s no specific protocol using it. Instead it would require more fully taking the case to determine whether Sepia is called for, followed by a determination of the potency and frequency. Meanwhile the other protocols are exacting for the condition.

          3. Patti says:

            Thank you!

    2. Jessica Welp, LDH says:

      I am a dental hygienist. I would like to add that there is a difference between gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is reversible but periodontitis is not. If an individual has calculus (tarter) deposits on their teeth they still need to have their teeth cleaned regularly and not rely solely on remedies. Many times the deposits are the source of the inflammation.

    3. Danielle Simoneau says:

      Do the Banerji protocols for gingivitis also work for periodontal disease? Or do they use the same? I’m not entirely sure what the difference is, other than that one is a more advanced problem?

      1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

        They are one in the same.

  2. Chuck says:

    Good to know, I’m going to use this for my cat. Thanks.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for this post, it is timely for us. I’m also thankful for the question Pilar asked and your response. I believe Sepia may be what I need for this and other reasons! Thanks!!

  4. Rose says:

    Thank you for another well-written and informative article. This is great info to have.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Thanks Rose, pls pass it on to your friends and relatives.

  5. Terri says:

    I have Hepar Sulph. 200C at home. Am I able to use this? Do I need to adjust the dosage? Thanks for the great information.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I always say that if you want the kind of results that I have come to expect, you’re best off using the same potency as the protocol calls for.

      1. Terri says:

        Thanks! I will choose to do that. I wasn’t sure, but now I will know for the future.

  6. Sara says:

    Hi Joette…
    I clicked the link to your Founders page, but I cannot find where to enter my email address to sign up for the Founders List on that page. Any advice?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Hi Sara, I assume by now that you’ve received the communication from Perry.

  7. Christina says:

    Hello! Is it safe to use your recommendations while nursing? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Homeopathy is safely used during nursing, pregnancy (as long as a specific few are refrained from) for newborns, the elderly, pets, wildlife…in short everyone! Having said this, homeopathy, like anything else, can be used incorrectly in which it may cause trouble. That’s why I offer protocols that make it clear the potencies, frequencies and expectations, so that indiscriminate use is avoided.

  8. Judith says:

    What can one do for receding gums.? I do not have any inflammation or bleeding, just receding gums.

  9. Cindy hair says:

    Where is my card? I love the cards!

  10. Kaitlin says:

    I have an odd-ish question, would this work for animals? Like a cat?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Homeopathy acts in the same way for dogs, cats, chickens, cattle, the elderly, newborn, etc. etc.

  11. Peg says:

    What is the recommended dosage of Merc Sol for periodontal disease?mm

  12. thesavygal says:

    would this be the same approach for peridontal disease? If u have deep gum pockets and some minimal boneloss, what else would be helpful? .

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Certainly for gum disease. For bone loss, we use others depending on seemingly unassociated conditions, such as joint problems.

  13. Krista says:

    I read that merc sol and merc viv were close enough that they could sometimes be interchangeable. I have merc viv and not sol. Would merc viv be useful for this issue until I can get merc sol?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:


  14. thesavygal says:

    when there is some minimal bone loss, what other remedy could be used?

  15. Lori says:

    Hi Joette! Thanks for this great blog post! Is merc sol good for a coasted tongue with intentions on the side from the teeth? Same protocol? Or would that be a different remedy? None of the other symptoms of merc sol seem to match besides these. Miranda Castro described it as a “flabby” tongue. Lol! How do you get rid of tongue flab? ?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have seen it aid in conditions of the tongue, including a coated tongue. What you’re describing is not what is meant by a “flabby ” tongue. Your description is coated and fluted.

  16. Zoe Cruz says:

    Whats the protocol for receding gums?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Receding gums and gingivitis are in essence the same condition, hence the homeopathic solution is the same as well.

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